The Chee-Chee Girl
July 27, 2014 8:20 PM   Subscribe

Born in 1913, Rose Murphy was an imaginative and percussive jazz pianist and singer nicknamed "the Chee-Chee Girl" for obvious reasons. Although she didn't make many recordings, she continued to perform up until her death in 1989.

She used hand claps, snapping fingers, vocal sound effects and stomping feet to add percussion to her songs, as seen in her performance of Ochi Chyornye and Time On My Hands.

Here she shows off her boogie woogie skills in Sweet Georgia Brown.

Singing Dinah with bass player Slam Stewart.

And more:

Swingin' Down The Lane

Honeysuckle Rose

Hey! Mama (He's Tryin' to Kiss Me)

I Wanna Be Loved By You

Me and My Shadow

More recently her recordings have been used in advertising and film:

Busy Line, arguably her most famous song, was used for a British Telecom ad in 1990.

Pennies From Heaven was part of the soundtrack for The Artist in 2011.

Peek-A-Boo was featured in a Dove ad in 2013.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide (8 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
The Dinah, especially, is lovely. What an excellent sound she had, just wonderful.
posted by BungaDunga at 9:49 PM on July 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

After 3/4 of a bottle of wine, I'm declaring "I can't give you anything..." the cutest song ever recorded.
posted by DonnyMac at 9:51 PM on July 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

This exactly the kind of elegance that will help me through the greyest of Monday mornings. I feel.... enchanted, thanks!
posted by ouke at 12:36 AM on July 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Lovely. Same sweet range as The DeZurik Sisters, but with less clucking.
posted by scruss at 4:29 AM on July 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh, thanks; I've always wondered who Ella Fitzgerald was imitating in this version of I Can't Give you Anything But Love--she also does a mean Satchmo in the same song.
posted by yoink at 9:27 AM on July 28, 2014

Yeah, I had never heard her before, but had definitely heard her imitated. No surprise she collaborated with Slam Stewart. Not sure I can ever hear Time on my hands again though w/out hearing 'tick tock tick tock'. I'm so glad I followed the link b/c I see that it's from Mark Cantor, how had I missed him on YouTube - I'm getting nothing done today!
posted by snowymorninblues at 11:38 AM on July 28, 2014

Thanks, she's just great!!
posted by wats at 10:22 PM on July 28, 2014

What a find! Thanks, Orange Dinosaur Slide.
posted by On the Corner at 2:10 AM on July 29, 2014

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